Pertemps Bees 22 Otley 29
The search for the real villain begins in earnest today as Pertemps Bees' management commence their quest to unmask the man behind 'The Mystery of the Disallowed Try'.
Controversy erupted in the 67th minute of Saturday's sixth-round tie when, with Bees trailing 29-22, debutant wing Allan Gill continued his hugely impressive first appearance by cutting inside his marker on halfway and racing to the Otley 22.
The youngster was hauled to the ground but team-mate Cae Trayhern, another standout performer, scooped the ball from the ruck and covered the rest of the distance himself, hauling two assailants every inch of the way.
It was a brilliant try, a rare moment of panache, that combined pace and power on the sort of afternoon that always ends in disappointment when the better side does not win.
That is to say, it wasn't a try at all. Referee Andrew Small initially raised his arm in assent but then was called to the sideline by his touchjudge to be told that the hosts' full-back, Dave Knight, had twice punched an opponent off the ball. The equalising score, a thing of beauty, was thus razed from the record books.
Bees' director of rugby, Phil Maynard, was not a happy man. "Yet again, it is a result that has got away from us," he said.
"When we were scoring we were shooting ourselves in the foot by punching someone. That punch has cost us £8,500," he added, alluding to the competition's prize-money that builds up incrementally.
But the case is far from open and closed. Knight protests his innocence and does so vehemently. His account involves his ankle being jumped on by Otley lock Paul Williams but nothing more than words passing between the two men as all eyes followed Gill's break.
With two such wildly contrasting versions, Maynard will look at the video to see which one he believes. Has Knight cost his club valuable income or has he become the victim of a miscarriage of justice?
If it is the latter, then he shares with Andy Binns the misfortune of being falsely accused by an erroneous touch-judge and there should be some recompense. The Moseley full-back will play again after being sent off in the previous round at Stourbridge - Bees are out of the Trophy for good.
There is, of course, no guarantee that Ben Harvey would have converted - and drawn his side level at 29-29 - had the score stood. But, given the fact he had not missed any of his previous six efforts, only one of which was as simple, success can be largely assumed.
It was a strange incident that sat perfectly in context. There were several misdemeanours off the ball - the vast majority of which were missed by the officials - Otley scored more tries despite exhibiting more limited ambition and Maynard's side once again found a way to lose a game they should have won.
But then Bees have a flair for the eccentric at the moment. In their last home match, they were shoved all over the park by Rotherham and gifted them 14 points through a charged-down kick and interception try.
Yet the week after, they travelled to Otley's Cross Green stronghold and gave the most feared pack in National One as big a routing as anyone has administered for four years. Will the real Bees please stand up?
The Yorkshiremen were clearly stung by last weekend's humiliation and came out with fists swinging and boots flying. Importantly, they also fielded the league's best propping double act in Kris Fullman and Justin Wring.
That made the visitors a much tougher proposition and one that caused the Bees scrum a good deal of problems for most of the game. By the end the hosts' line-out supply had also slowed to an unreliable trickle.
Harvey made sure Otley were punished for their shocking discipline - on several occasions, they allowed intensity to spill over into stupidity - with five firsthalf penalties which resulted in a 15-14 interval lead.
But, having scored two tries in the opening period, Otley added two more in the second as against a solitary drive over for Alex Davidson. And, of course, Trayhern's touchdown that never was - the manhunt is on.